Teams enjoy their US tour

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County Upper school’s boys and girls basketball teams have returned to England following a successful and history making tour of America.

The tour heralded the first time the school team has played in fixtures against American Universities throughout the state of Iowa and also gifted them the opportunity to sit in classes, speak to players about their experiences of American school systems and see support for athletes at American Universities and high schools.

The boys side played in three games including, Nationally ranked (17th in the country) NJCAA DIvision Two Des Moines Area Community College, Marshalltown CC team and Briar Cliff University, while the girls faced a very strong basketball programme in Briar Cliff University.

Speaking about the trip, coach Darren Johnson spoke about the importance of such an experience for his students.

“The experience was valuable for all our players, I feel they came away having seen first hand how the Americans embrace sport and also how it is viewed and supported in their educational system,” he said.

“Our students were blown away after seeing the support given to sport in schools and Universities and also the sporting opportunities given to their students.

“The highlight for our players actually surprised me. I thought it would be the 
University facilities, but in fact it was the High School we visited which really impressed them.

“I think it was the fact that the high school had the same number of students as County Upper School with all in the same age groups yet had a six lane competition swimming pool, 1400 seat basketball and volleyball arena as well as a 6,000 seat American football arena and Athletics track.”

For any students interested in finding out more about County Upper Basketball Programme please contact coach Johnson at